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Be concise!

By Wes Trochlil | July 10, 2024

Be concise! I started a monthly newsletter almost 25 years ago (which I recently discontinued). And almost six years ago I started writing these “Wednesday Wisdom” missives. I’ve received more compliments about my Wednesday Wisdom in six years than I have for my monthly newsletter in nearly 25 years ago. Why? Because these missives are […]

A great example of a data integrity report!

By Wes Trochlil | June 26, 2024

A great example of a data integrity report! A couple months back I discussed the importance of data integrity reports. One of my past clients and a longtime reader, David Churchill at Grantmakers in Health, offered up this idea, which I think is fantastic and should be added to any association’s list of data integrity reports. […]

“If you keep doin’ what you’re doin’, you’ll keep gettin’ what you’re gettin’.”

By Wes Trochlil | June 5, 2024

“If you keep doin’ what you’re doin’, you’ll keep gettin’ what you’re gettin’.” I saw this line recently (“If you keep doin’ what you’re doin’, you’ll keep gettin’ what you’re gettin’.”) and I chuckled because of how often I experience this with my clients. I’ll hear things from my clients like “Our data is really […]

Rather than adding something new, try subtracting

By Wes Trochlil | May 29, 2024

Rather than adding something new, try subtracting I read recently that sociological research suggests, when presented with a problem, humans default to “adding” something to address the problem, rather than subtracting. And of course, this got me to thinking about how this happens in data management all the time. Some examples: When faced with a particular challenge for collecting […]

Rather than adding something new, try subtracting

By Wes Trochlil | May 29, 2024

Rather than adding something new, try subtracting I read recently that sociological research suggests, when presented with a problem, humans default to “adding” something to address the problem, rather than subtracting. And of course, this got me to thinking about how this happens in data management all the time. Some examples: When faced with a particular challenge for collecting […]

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Some rest from blogging

July 2, 2007

I’ll be taking a rest from blogging during the week of July 4th. My typically brilliant posts on data management […]

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

June 29, 2007

There’s an old saying: “There are those that back up, and those that will.” And as I mention here, it’s […]

.net vs. PHP and Technology Architecture

June 28, 2007

There was a thread on the ASAE technology listserver a few weeks back about whether an association should choose an […]

Data Entry, Then and Now

June 27, 2007

It was 20 years ago this June that I took a summer job at my college alumni association. I had […]

Bleg

June 27, 2007

Update: Many thanks to Lisa Junker at ASAE for sending me her copy of this post.  I published a post […]

Even the BIG Guys Get It Wrong

June 25, 2007

I’ve ranted in the past about getting your mass emails right. Well it seems that even the big guys have […]

Managing Multiple Systems

June 22, 2007

On Wednesday of this week I spoke at ASAE's Marketing & Membership Conference. Another sold-out show for the MMC, which […]

Online Registration

June 18, 2007

On Nick Senzee's blog, he writes about his experience with ASAE's Annual Meeting registration process. Nick raises some good points […]

Tell Me What To Do!

June 15, 2007

You may recall an episode of Seinfeld where Jerry is having his kitchen re-done. Whenever Jerry asks his carpenter what […]

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